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Feb 7th, 2016 05:40 PM
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Feb 3rd, 2016 02:07 PM
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Please come back, Alona !
Feb 3rd, 2016 01:30 AM
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Great News!I have been looking forward with this for a long time!!!
Jan 28th, 2016 02:47 PM
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No way
Jan 22nd, 2016 11:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Shein View Post
What is the next step in your playing career? Are you pursuing a comeback?
I am currently working on a comeback, so stay tuned and I will make the announcement if all works out.
Jan 22nd, 2016 03:19 PM
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Originally Posted by G&R View Post
Link doesn't work for me. But glad she's with Katya. Seems like she's preparing little sis really well
hah, sorry... here:

Jan 22nd, 2016 12:50 PM
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Wow! This news just made my day. I never expected her to make a comeback. Four years is such a long time to be out in the tennis world. I will be rooting for her every step of the way if it really does happen! Even if it's just doubles with Katya I'm sure they would be successful.
Jan 22nd, 2016 11:59 AM
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At the Net With Alona Bondarenko

Eight years ago, Alona Bondarenko paired up with her sister, Kateryna, and won the 2008 Australian Open Womenís Doubles Championship, defeating the team of Victoria Azarenka & Shahar Peer in the finals. The sisters from the Ukraine battled back from a set down to beat the Belarusian/Israeli duo to become the first players from Ukraine to ever win a Grand Slam title.

Alona now coaches at MatchPoint NYC in Brooklyn, and sat down with New York Tennis Magazine to talk about their title run and her plans to return to the tour.

You became the second pair of sisters to win a Grand Slam title together (after the Williams Sisters). What was it like winning a Grand Slam championship alongside your sister?
It was a unique experience being in this position with my sister. We shared our success and all the hard work that came along with it. We trained together, we shared goals and shared a victory.

Growing up together in Ukraine, did you ever dream that you would one day win a Grand Slam title with your sister?
We fell in love with tennis at a young age and never dreamed of getting this far. When we turned 14, our dreams of professional tennis become more of a reality and we knew that it was possible.

What made you two such a good duo together on the court?
We always traveled, lived and trained together. We have an excellent rapport on and off the court. We have a mutual understanding.

What are some of the challenges of playing in the Australian Open weather?
We came three weeks early before the Australian Open to adapt to the Australian summer.

Heading into the 2008 tournament unseeded, how confident were you that you could make a run for the title?
We both worked hard to improve our doubles game. We played our best in every match and kept our minds focused on each victory as we progressed. The final win was almost a surprise because of how focused we were on our daily goals.

Besides obviously winning the Australian Open Championship, what do you remember most about that tournament?
The atmosphere is always very pleasant and fans were amazing!

What was your typical workout routine in preparation for the Australian Open?
As your practice starts, physical training must be consistent, and everyone has their own regimen to work toward. For me, in preparation for the Australian Open, these were the exercises that were implemented: Running, cross-training, bike training, stretching and working out with rubber bands, as well as exercises on improving my balance.

How much does it mean to you to be the only Ukrainians ever to win a Grand Slam title?
That puts me in a unique category that I appreciate and will never take for granted.

What brought you to New York to work with MatchPoint NYC?
I had a great relationship with Nino Muhatasov, MatchPoint NYC co-founder, and he played a huge role in me coming to New York. MatchPoint NYC is truly a state-of-the-art tennis facility for a professional tennis player.

What are some of your favorite places to go and activities to do in New York?
Now that I have a son, I look for family-friendly places to take him, including Central Park and the boardwalk in Brooklyn.

What is the next step in your playing career? Are you pursuing a comeback?
I am currently working on a comeback, so stay tuned and I will make the announcement if all works out.

What goals should a player set for themselves during the offseason
To improve all the elements that need fine-tuning. Itís important to fine-tune even the strong elements of your game and add new elements that would help you have a better season.

What is a typical day like during the off season for you?
Nino and I have developed a routine that was a mix of exercise twice daily, including swimming two times per week for the first three weeks. Starting with week four, tennis training time increased and fitness exercises decreased. Rest is important, as you must let your body cool off.

What does your typical diet consist of?
Itís important to understand that each player should have a unique nutritional plan, specifically tailored to their body and physical needs. My typical day started with a bowl of oatmeal, and lunch always consisted of protein and vegetables Ö staying hydrated was key. When the season ends, the first thing to do is to get rest before the new season begins.

At the Net With Alona Bondarenko | New York Tennis Magazine
Jan 21st, 2016 05:24 PM
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Link doesn't work for me. But glad she's with Katya. Seems like she's preparing little sis really well
Jan 20th, 2016 09:52 PM
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Hitting with Katya
Jan 9th, 2016 05:35 PM
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Dec 26th, 2015 10:05 PM
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Still in NY with Katya

Dec 5th, 2015 02:18 PM
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It makes me miss the old days,I still remember 2007/2008,when all of my favs still in the tournaments, especially Alona and Julia Vakulenko,they became my favs since I watch their first match,that was very sad that the injury ends their career
Dec 4th, 2015 09:21 PM
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I kinda feel the same way. Going to the Rogers Cup doesn't provoke the same thrill it did in the early years (but that probably won't prevent me from going back in 2016 - I haven't missed a year since 2004). Not to mention TennisTV... I just feel like I have to make the most of my subscription and check every match involving a player I like before it gets deleted from their catch-up section, even though it can feel like a bit of a chore sometimes.

There's just so much tennis to watch these days, so many ways to keep up to date with players, it's all become a massive time sink... helps fill a void, I guess. :-/

When I started following tennis (you know, back when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth ), it was just the opposite. There was no Internet, TV coverage was mostly limited to the four GS tournaments (and only center court), match results were printed in the next day's newspaper (if at all), and interviews and photos came from monthly magazines sold in newstands (I've kept some of them to this day ). Then came a period where I almost stopped following tennis entirely (studies, work took up most of my time). Then came the current era of rabid enthusiasm and overindulging, which is starting to lose its appeal...
Dec 4th, 2015 06:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Spiritof42 View Post
I think this is one of the reasons I've become more interested in junior tennis lately - catching players earlier to be able to follow them longer. These youngsters might not all make it to the main WTA tour, but those that do should be around for several years.
Yeah, that's part of the idea! Following junior tennis also means you'll always have some tennis to follow, even in the last couple months of the year or after Wimbledon too (not sure it's always a good thing when you're as obsessional as me though )

Actually, I have more fun following the juniors than the pros these days... Not sure why exactly, I think it's a combination of the thrill of falling in love with new faces and falling them down the long road ahead to their dream, the unpredictability of junior tennis, and my initial top faves having almost all retired and also the generally dismal state of professional tennis currently.
I started to follow tennis in 2004, and I already was a bit heartbroken when Lena D. retired in 2010 because she was my first fave (with Sharapova ) and it felt like the beginning of the end of something... Alona, Nicole, Youlia all were my favourite up and coming girls when I started to follow the sport and even though there's still a lot of players I like today, following them is not as thrilling as following the former 3 was. :-/ Is it because I've been following tennis intensively for a few years now so I've become more blasťe and weary, and also more demanding regarding the quality of the tennis? Before 2011 I was only following the tennis I could catch on the TV, so basically only the WTA Tour; now I'm also following the ITF tour and the juniors, it makes so much tennis in the end. Maybe too much? I've notice that when there's too much choice, it often has the paradoxical effect of making me confused, almost giving me a headache and basically killing the pleasure.
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